Now Playing: April ’08

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Seven games make up this month of April’s game playing lot. If you count the games within the Sega Genesis Collection, then you’ll get a grand total of 11. Another number I’ll dole out is three. As in the number of games that I finished.

Now before I get into talk about said games, I’d like to readdress what I had said in my Odin Sphere Update. At the time I decided to retract the idea of being finished with Odin Sphere by this point when I originally stated that I would be finished with it. In a way it was good to take a break from that game and play something else. I’ll definitely be going to back to it soon. Now on with the games!

The game to take the place of Odin Sphere was Twisted Metal: Head On – Extra Twisted Edition. This game plays as good as the series ever has with a great soundtrack too. The Twisted Metal 2 Paris level was remade for this game and it, I feel, was improved on in a big way. Because of this game being a another fantastic entry into the series and with all of the extras, it is my Game of the Month.

I was happy when I was able to find a complete copy of Mercs for the Genesis early in the month. I was somewhat disappointed that the co-op mode wasn’t available in this port, but Capcom did make up for that with “Original Mode.” In that mode it has some RPG elements like collecting medals to use as currency to get better equipment and more members join the party every so often. It’s a fairly difficult mode, but it’s still fun.

In the Sega Genesis Collection (PS2), I decided to finally get back to trying to start (again) and finish both Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2. I did so and ended up rating the first game a 6.5 (gasp!) and the sequel an 8.0. The reason being that Sonic 1 (also noted by Usagi704) had too much platforming in its levels and that didn’t gel with the speed of the game. In Sonic 2, there was less platforming, which was much better, but I wasn’t digging the underwater parts of a few levels. I also enjoyed the boss fights more from the second game. Overall I had a fun time of it.

Other games that I played on that disc was Golden Axe II and Comix Zone.

I amused myself with a few other games as of more recently. Road Rash (GEN), Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (SNES), based on the anime of the same name minus the subtitle, and finally Kirby’s Dream Land (GB), which I finished twice.

Burnout Paradise (PS3) remains from last month and I played it off and on. I have officially finished this game having gained the elite license. The only thing that I don’t get is how I still don’t have the silver finish for all of the cars and that the game completion is only at 99%. I’m unsure as to what I have yet to do if anything.

That’ll do it for this month. See you next time!

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Calypso Grants My Wish

Watch out! Here comes a massive collection update. Behold 19 game additions and one system.

Last Thursday I went out to local store #1, It’s About Games. I did so for the GBA SP system. I was going to try and find the Pearl Blue system with the brighter screen, but that was proving to be extremely difficult to find. At least now I’ll have a color that will match the God of War edition PSP this June. I also added a single NES game to the order.

Game Boy Advance SP (red) – system & AC adapter (complete); excellent
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (NES) – game only; great

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The next day I stopped by Gamestop after a haircut. I wasn’t planning to get Spy Hunter, but at $2.99 I couldn’t pass that up. I made sure that I was really at Gamestop when I saw that price on a decently reviewed game. :D

Spy Hunter (PS2) – complete; fair

After that I decided to make the trip to Shelby to see what Stickman’s had in stock. As usual they didn’t disappoint, especially with the selection of Super NES games. I bought nine SNES games along with the original Twisted Metal game in the early PlayStation longbox.

Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (SNES) – game only; great
Fighter’s History (SNES) – game only; fair
NBA Jam (SNES) – game only; excellent
Fatal Fury 2 (SNES) – game only; fair
The Lion King (SNES) – game only; great
Robocop Versus The Terminator (SNES) – game only; great
WWF Raw (SNES) – game only; excellent
Aero Fighters (SNES) – game only; good
Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse (SNES) – game only; great
Twisted Metal (PS) – complete; good

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Those two days were great and then I received my eStarland.com order on Saturday. I ordered all of the Twisted Metal games that they had. The reason I got TMIII and TM4 is because I wanted to see first hand what’s wrong with them. I also had my eye on Mercs for the Genesis for some time once I found out that it had been released on a home console. I always liked that game in the arcade and since I didn’t have a Genesis during that time, I was totally unaware that it was ever on that system. It was a nice surprise when I read that on Wikipedia.

Destruction Derby (PS) – complete; good
Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (PS) – new
Twisted Metal III (PS) – complete; excellent
Twisted Metal 4 (PS) – complete; great
Mercs (GEN) – complete; excellent
Max Payne (PS2) – complete; good
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2) – complete; excellent

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To paraphrase Calypso: “I am Hart704, and I thank you for visiting my blog.”

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